I am a professor with a joint appointment in the Departments of Political Science and Journalism at the University of Cincinnati College of Arts and Sciences.
Additionally, I serve as visiting faculty member in political mass media in at the Future University in Egypt, and as a policy advisor and academic researcher for the City of Los Angeles Human Relations Commission.
My research focuses on media and politics, religion and politics, and marginalized groups. It has been included in Newsweek, The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, The Kansas City Star, The Christian Science Monitor, 538, The Blue Review, and the London School of Economics blog.
Experienced in polling, a 2010 midterm election survey I conducted for KOLR10 was ranked as one of the 10 most accurate US Senate polls that year (by candidate prediction error) by the National Council on Public Polls.
For more information about my research and related projects, see my CV linked above right.
God Talk provides a rich account of how religion shapes candidate and policy preferences. Through carefully constructed, executed, and analyzed experiments, the authors provide a more precise explanation of how religion is politically consequential.... God Talk offers one of the most thorough accounts of how religion functions in contemporary American politics, particularly in the context of political communication. The authors describe the bounds of elite influence, and they generate a more psychologically informed description of how religious labels serve as social identities. The book is an important read for those interested in the dynamics of public opinion and attitude change.
—Public Opinion Quarterly
At a time when events in the MENA region change on an almost daily basis, [Assessing MENA Political Reform, Post-Arab Spring] will help the reader or researcher to understand the impact of Arab Spring on continuing events in MENA, including the conflicts in Syria, Iraq and Yemen. The research used by the authors is well presented and documented. The writers have used a variety of sources including social and political theory, as well as public opinion polls and surveys to present quantitatively the opinions of the people. . . .This book is a necessary read for the Middle East political observer especially as so many questions remain on the table from the ongoing wars and negotiations, the Iran nuclear issues, and the Israel-Palestine problem.
—International Social Science Review
[A Matter of Discretion] is a welcome and important addition to several literatures. The volume combines a rigorous and creative multimethod research design with a sophisticated understanding of Catholic doctrine and social teaching and a nuanced understanding of two distinctive political cultures. This work will serve as an invaluable resource for scholars working in several diverse theoretical traditions.
— Ted G. Jelen, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Calfano’s [Muslims, Identity, and American Politics] provides a thoughtful and nuanced picture of Muslim experiences in the United States. This is a timely contribution to our understanding of Muslim identity formation, with important implications for political attitudes and behavior. An essential read for scholars in the field as well as everyday Americans looking for insight on this understudied community.
— Rachel Gillum, Stanford University